The Short: I currently serve my community as a committed new and online media communications professional and advocate working within the reproductive justice movement. Here I create visibility for women of color and families on the margins who have strategically been left out of the socio-political debate on reproductive health and rights.
I execute research in the area of Black women’s maternal health with the Black Women’s Birthing Justice Collective. We intend to challenge medical violence implemented by medical professionals and decrease disproportionate maternal mortality within the African diaspora. Birthing Justice — saving our Lives is slated for print in Spring 2014
My areas of scholarly and pedagogical interest are structural and institutional racism in urbanism, sociological implications of disproportionate maternal health outcomes, and Black feminist theory.
A little more: I am a multi-ethnic woman who is multi-faceted in her opinions and beliefs and always open for humble and stimulating discourse on how we can evolve into equity and unanimity. I believe in egalitarianism as a means to advance cultural competency to ensure a safe living and working environment for all people despite, privilege, race, class, sexual orientation age or gender.
By profession I am a journalist with a deep-seated feel for the needs of those on the margin. Using media as a tool for social change can foster a future where the traditionally disenfranchised and oppressed can have their voices heard, their needs met and the support they so desperately need. I chose social justice media because it is uniquely sensitive to the needs of marginalized communities, from which I come.
After graduating from The Manship School of Mass Communications, I contributed to a number mediums probing issues that spanned from urban development & redistricting to LGBT & civil rights in the U.S. Those mediums include Crème Magazine, Women’s eNews, The Women’s Media Center, SaidIt.org and The Daily Reveille. I identify as a Black feminist and have a vested interest in writing about issues affecting Black women’s health in America.
Associations and affiliations:
Board of Directors, National Network of Abortion Funds
Co-chair, Black Women’s Birthing Justice
Editorial board, Ella’s Voice
International Black Writers & Artists
National Association of Black Journalists
Bay Area Black Journalists Association (BABJA)
All of the writing and commentary on my site is my own & in no way reflects the opinions and beliefs of any of my employers or affiliations